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A Dallas Catholic Church called the police on Deirdre Hairston for not wearing a mask during Holy Mass
According to Hairston, three police officers were waiting for her after she went to Holy Communion at Holy Trinity Church. She was kneeling down and holding her baby when the police officer said she needed to leave the mass.
“The usher took it upon himself to run to my car and take pictures of my license plate,” said Hairston in an interview with Dr. Taylor Marshall. “They write me up a ticket for trespassing and he’s yelling in the background “write her up! write her up!”
Hairston was escorted out by officers after Holy Communion with the eucharist “still on her tongue,” and was told the church didn’t want her there. In the video shown on the podcast, one of the three officers tells Hairston that she will “place her in handcuffs,” if she doesn’t leave.
“Am I getting arrested?” Hairston asks.
Unreal: Pregnant Catholic Woman Removed by Police DURING HOLY MASS for not wearing a mask – Was Ratted out by her own PASTOR! (VIDEO)https://t.co/oin92OjBvs— Jack Posobiec (@JackPosobiec) March 30, 2021
“No, not right now. But if you don’t listen you will be,” replies the officer.
Cell phone footage shows Hairston asking what crime she has committed, to which police replied she was “trespassing on a business.”
“I was socially distanced and it really just proves all the more that this is a political statement,” Hairston said. “It’s about complying and agreeing. It’s not about health and that makes me really mad.”
The church was referred to in the video footage as a business which Marshall and Hairston were deeply concerned about.
“I told her (the officer) this isn’t McDonalds,” said Hairston. “This is a sanctuary. This is a place of worship. This isn’t a business.”
Hairston explained in the interview that it was most likely the bishop that called the police on her and if she ever comes back to the church she will be arrested for trespassing.
The Catholic Diocese of Dallas is responding to Dallas mother Deirde Hariston’s allegation that she was escorted out of Mass at Holy Trinity Catholic Church, while holding her baby — for not wearing a mask. https://t.co/WyQgE1ODxq— CBSDFW (@CBSDFW) March 29, 2021